Mumbai blessed with the Arabian Sea on its sides is rich in multi-ethnic population. This is the reason behind its abundance choice of seafood available in the capital. People from all over the world flood here to taste its authenticity.
Today, we have come with a list of the best coastal Indian cuisine from Malvan to Bengal found in Mumbai. These seafood restaurants try their best to keep the taste authentic.
1. Highway Gomantak: Best Goan
Ramesh Potnis, the owner of Highway Gomantak speaks of it this way, “It’s Goan food certified by the Goans.”
Potnis quit after he was passed over for promotion in the corporate world and tried his hand on food.
Initially, he got his wife to rustle up 10 dishes using his age-old family recipes and served in their garden. As his reputation spread, he turned it into a fully fledged restaurant.
The kitchen is still looked after by his wife and children. People flock the restaurant during both lunch and dinner hours.
A delicious one time meal will cost you up to Rs 300 and half of it, if you ordered for a set-meal thaali.
- Menu includes: Prawns fry; tisriya (clams) masala; chanak fish fry; fried mussels; fish thali and the local Bombil fish fry.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. to 10.30 a.m.
- Address: 44/2179 Pranav Co-op. Housing Society, Gandhi Nagar, Highway Service Road, Bandra (E)
- Contact No.: +91 (0)22 2640 9692
- Website: www.highwaygomantak.com
2. Konkan Cafe: Quality fine-dine option
Konkan is a beautiful seaside bungalow situated on the palm-fringed Malabar Coast. The food here is self inviting. The Café is run by Chef Ananda Solomon who spent months with people from around the world and learnt their recipes.
The café breeds in seasonal freshness and flavor. Dishes are cooked in earthenware vessels. You may easily linger over the seafood display while you make your choice from its coconut-rich cuisine.
If you order for the average tab per head without alcohol, you will be charged Rs 1,250.
- Menu includes: Curdee (prawns) mango; Mangalorean fish curry; meen polichattu (fish in banana leaves); pomfret recheado and the seafood thali.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to3 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Address: Vivanta by Taj, President, 90 Cuffe Parade
- Contact No.: +91 0 (22) 66650808
- Website: www.vivantabytaj.com
3. Trishna: Best tourist trap
Trishna is a common attraction for the best sea food for international traveler and local Mumbaikars at the same time. It is located in an obscure by-lane in the business district. The plumpest crustaceans and fish cuisines are the best attraction of the people.
Most of them are primarily Mangalorean, while a few dishes are Hyderabadi too.
A heartfelt meal will cost you around Rs 1,800 per head without alcohol.
- Menu includes: Crab, either with butter garlic or as a gassi, a fiery red curry; prawns Koliwada, (the medium or small-sized prawns are tastier); butter garlic squid; ravas Hyderabadi; lobster kalimiri.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:15 p.m. to 12.30 a.m.
- Address: Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
- Contact No.: +91 (0)22 2270 3213
4. Fresh Catch: Superb home-style meal
A pelican with a full beak welcomes its guests. The metaphor is just perfect as the food is always fresh here. The restaurant is wood-paneled and has only seven tables. But the taste speaks for itself.
The owner, Francis Fernandes handpicks every ingredient and spice from his hometown in Karwar and ships it to Mumbai.
The food has rich taste of Karwari and delectably light to keep you going. The spices enhance their flavors instead of smothering the food.
A sumptuous home-style meal will cost you up to Rs 500 per head.
- Menu includes: Konkan treasure prawns; rava fried kané (ladyfish); fish roe; rechad prawns; pomfret curry; crab meat butter garlic and tisriya (clams) sukke.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
- Address: Lt. Kotnis Marg, near Fire Brigade, off L J Road, Mahim (W)
- Contact No.: +91 0(22) 2444 8942
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5. Gajalee: Best Tandoori crab
Gajalee is another best sea food restaurant in Mumbai. Of all the branches of Gajalee, the best one is the mothership in Vile Parle.
Die-hard fans make a trip to this restaurant in Mumbai once a while. The taste is indescribable. It has been consistently serving mouthwatering Malvani food for many years now. They use tirphal, the cousin of the Sichuan pepper in some of the dishes to let you experience the unique.
Solkadi will act as the perfect mouth fire extinguisher at Gajalee. The Tandoori crab is something you cannot afford a miss.
A satisfying meal will cost you up to Rs 1,200 per head on the Tandoori crab and Rs 500 otherwise.
- Menu includes: Clams koshimbir; tandoori crab; fried bombil; crab masala; prawns masala; stuffed bombil; pomfret capri.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m.
- Address: Kadamgiri Complex, Hanuman Road, Vile Parle (E)
- Contact No.: +91 (0)22 2616 6470
- Website: www.gajalee.com
6. Chaitanya: Best spicy Malvani
Chaitanya offers the best home-style Malvani food in the country. The restaurant is located right at the heart of Mumbai with 10 seats. The cooks are normal housewives that love cooking. The seafood is dipped with earthy, lemony flavor with rich and tender yet hot and scorching taste.
They abundantly use coconuts or garam masala spices to bring out the best taste.
Chaitanya is popular over other commercially-run establishments because it does not have a sole Malvani food approach.
A lavish home-style meal will cost you up to Rs 250 per head. The mini combo fish thali however costs only Rs 90.
- Menu includes: Bangda (mackerel) tikhale; tisriya (clams) masala; crab masala; surmai fish fry; pomfret curry; mori (shark) masala; crab lollipop.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
- Address: Shop No. 4, Shivaji Park House, L J Road, Shivaji Park
- Contact No.: +91 (0)22 2437 2242, +91 96199 09014
- Thursday closed
7. Oh! Calcutta: Namaste Bengali
Oh! Calcutta serves pure traditional Bengali food in Mumbai. Try out the amazing Bengal’s favorite sweet water fish which is not a common treat found in the city.
To get the perfect taste of authenticity, the chef stocks fish like (butter fish), hilsa (ilish), rohu (carp) and bekti especially from Kolkata.
A satisfying meal will cost you up to Rs 1,000 per head, without alcohol. The food is rich with goodness of mustard.
- Menu includes: Bhapa Ilish (boneless Bengali fish delicacy, steamed in a banana leaf); smoked hilsa; fried-fish Kolkata style; prawn cutlets; chingri (prawn) malai curry; rui (rohu fish) maachher dom jhol (curry).
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
- Address: Hotel Rosewood, Tulsiwadi Lane, opposite Mahindra Heights, Tardeo
- Contact No.: +91 (0)22 23539114
- Website: www.speciality.co.in
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